How safe sending 'Switch' details by e-mail?

  TommyRed 12:28 24 Sep 2004

I've to purchase something in Spain and they'd like me to confirm details by e-mail. Is this safe and what is to stop them removing all the money from that account? TIA TR

  JonnyTub 12:30 24 Sep 2004

nothing to stop them, be very careful here

  Confab 12:32 24 Sep 2004

Don't do it. Never send payment details by e-mail.

  Valvegrid 12:40 24 Sep 2004

Would you send your credit card details on the back of a postcard? Most of the time you'll probably get away with it, but the risk is too great that someone somewhere will take a closer look, and yes, you'll get fleeced.

  JonnyTub 12:42 24 Sep 2004

is it a personal payment or one to a company? either way i'd think you'd be better off sending a cheque

  Valvegrid 12:49 24 Sep 2004

Just one other thing, why are you giving your 'Switch' details anyway? This will give direct access to your account. Its much better to use a credit card because you'll have much greater protection if things go 'pearshaped'.

  TommyRed 12:53 24 Sep 2004

It's a payment to a company who have a website for ordering but I want something that isn't displayed and I'm paying a smaller amount of shipping/delivery by negotiation. I could give the details over the phone, any safer? With them confirming the price by e-mail. TR

  TommyRed 12:55 24 Sep 2004

It's for my Mother who doesn't have a credit card only Switch. TR

  JonnyTub 13:01 24 Sep 2004

could you pay with your credit card and get the funds from your mother? or get the company's bank details and pay directly into their account? do a background check on the company (realise this will be difficult being abroad)

  Valvegrid 13:10 24 Sep 2004

Yes, it could be safer on the phone, alternatively JohnnyTub's way sounds good.

  TommyRed 13:12 24 Sep 2004

I've just gotten a balance on my credit card and there isn't that much left on it so I can hardly be 'taken to the cleaners' plus its protected against fraud, isn't it? TR

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